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Three Qualities of the Holy Spirit

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Three Qualities of the Holy Spirit

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In 2 Timothy 1:7, we learn that God's fearless Spirit is of power, love, and a sound mind. How do we know we are taking advantage of this Holy Spirit of God?

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PRESENTER'S NOTES

Please turn with me to Acts chapter 2…

Acts 2: 1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” 12 So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”

13 Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.”

So, followers of Jesus Christ were all together in a house, God’s Holy Spirit came upon them, and each started declaring the wonderful works of God in various different languages, languages used as a first language to the thousands of people outside who began gathering around them as the miracle progressed. These onlookers, devout Jews from nations all over the region, were amazed they were hearing these proclaimed works of God, each in their own native tongue.

Two responses are recorded for us about this miraculous event. One was of amazement and being perplexed, wondering how this was possible. The other, hearing the same things, was to mock them, denying the same reality they were experiencing, pronouncing Christ’s disciples as surely drunk with wine.

So, even in the midst of the miraculous, scoffers will reveal themselves and attempt to deny or discredit even in the face of miracles.

If you, brethren, speak the word of God, no matter how amazing that word is, you may be met with confusion or  with scoffing, the scoffers maybe saying you are drunk, on drugs, or possessed by demons.

It happened to Jesus! If you will just reference here for time’s sake, Matthew 12:22-28 Matthew 12:22-28 [22] Then was brought to him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, so that the blind and dumb both spoke and saw. [23] And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? [24] But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow does not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. [25] And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: [26] And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? [27] And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. [28] But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come to you.
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, after Jesus healed a demon possessed man, while many were amazed, the Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out demons by the power of demons.

But the point, brethren, is that if God’s Holy Spirit is in you and giving you utterance of any kind, you can be assured that utterance is from God, even if miraculous signs of fire and foreign language are not in your repertoire. (Remember that the things of God are foreign to us, naturally).

So, how can you and I prepare for times when communication becomes important for declaring the mighty works of God? How can we know we are utilizing the power of God’s Holy Spirit in our communication?

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
(II Timothy 1:7)

So, let’s look at these qualities that come from God’s Spirit, then…

1. Speak Honestly (power)

Remembering that John 17:17 John 17:17Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth.
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declares God’s word as truth, please turn to Hebrews…

Hebrews 4: 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

You and I cannot manipulate or deceive people into believing, nor can we manipulate or deceive in order to provide that truth. As soon as we use such methods to expedite even the preaching of the gospel, we create a dissonance with the truth.

2. We must reach out or entreat (love)

We cannot present properly to others the ways of God if we behave defensively, sarcastically, or belligerently. Whether they start out bewildered or end up mockers, they must always sense from us a sincere outgoing concern for their welfare. They must hear the truth of God in love, or it is nothing but noise, no matter how well it is spoken or written.

Ephesians 4: 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

1 John 3: 18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

3. Be Ready to Answer (sound mind)

We must remember that, when we speak God’s truth, His works, His word, to others, they are not always going to be familiar with it, or, worse, they may have a wrong interpretation of that same word. We must do our best to follow through on what we say and do. We must do our best to give appropriate answers. The truth can confuse at first, so it must be explained further at times.

In becoming prepared to defend the truth of God, you reveal the soundness of the word of God.

1 Peter 3: 13 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.

These three qualities of power, love, and soundness of mind define fearlessness, and we cannot have godly fearlessness without all three qualities. In Ephesians 6:19 Ephesians 6:19And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
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, Paul asks the brethren to pray that he have boldness in sharing the Gospel of Christ, and you can find a number of references where God’s word was spoken boldly. That boldness is defined by these three qualities of power (or truth), love (or outgoing concern, and soundness of mind (or ability to follow through).

If, later today, or sometime in the future, you take a few more minutes to read the entire account given in Acts chapter 2, you will find that Peter was able to use all of these qualities to bring 3000 people to Christ on that day of Pentecost in 31 A.D.

He boldly spoke the truth of God in love and was able to give an answer when they did not at first know how to deal with that truth.

Peter’s success on that day, however, was less about converting 3000 people (for who knows how many walked away as scoffers). His real success was in behaving like a son of God, representing God boldly by communicating truthfully, with love, and soundness of mind, able to give an answer for the hope that laid within him.

You and I may or may not become instruments in this age for bringing 3000 people to Christ, but if we follow these principles at work, in our families, and with strangers, God will clearly reveal His Spirit to be working in us, and that, my friends, is true success in fearlessness! God will do the rest!